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On 13 June 2017, Gaylene Hill talked to Tawa Rotarians about her background and her time as Principal of Linden School.

Linden is a Decile 4 school with a role of approx. 96, and one of the first things Gaylene had to deal with was an unfavourable ERO report in early 2015. She explained how she and her team tackled the issues such as behaviour and curriculum.  Most recent review was very favourable.

The school charter for 2017-19 has a focus on:

Drive, Strive, Thrive

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We build a community of learners who drive their learning, strive hard during their learning, and then thrive on their successes.

Gaylene highlighted that Linden School is committed to the health and wellbeing of all students during their time at school.  Their behaviour plan follows the guiding principles of HEART (Helpfulness, Empathy, Aroha, Respect, and Trustworthiness) which promotes positive behaviours and attitudes, demonstrating a zero tolerance of bullying and antisocial behaviours.

Interesting points she raised referred to community activity - noting the Transmission Gully project and recent drug raids had affected the school in different ways.

Gaylene expressed her thanks to Tawa Rotary for their contributions towards the painting of school fencing that has brightened up the surrounds; and for contributions to Life Education Trust (Wellington North) as she is the deputy Chair for this trust board.

An interesting presentation from a proud and passionate leader.

Member's 3 minute talk:

Richard Hutchinson, 13 Jun 2017Richard Hutchinson shared his work with NZ Police communications - including photos of the locations far and wide across NZ for telecommunication.

Parting thought read by Phil Harland:

'The aim of education should be to teach the child to think, not what to think.' [source: John Dewey, School and Society]

Gaylene Hill, Principal Linden School

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